With summer coming to an end it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see a bit more educational apps hitting the market. This time around we follow the last survivor of an alien species who joins two other aliens, Barry and Marvin, to learn about the universe in Aliens Abducted.
This alien scenario is here to help tie together a geography lesson that has you matching a country with the correct flag. Let’s be frank, this sounds like one of the dullest educational apps ever. After sitting down with it for a short while I learned that I was wrong–so very wrong because Aliens Abducted does everything right–so very right to make learning fun.
In each level Aliens Abducted circles a high detailed globe with one country highlighted. You’ll need to match it up with one of the three flag choices you’re given. If you choose the wrong flag you loose one of your lives which is humorously represented by something bad happening to one of the three aliens (a bit more on this in a second). If you choose the correct flag than you’ll move onto the next country. What makes this fun is that if you’re not great with your country layouts you can still succeed. Sometimes the choice is somewhat obvious because you know that Germany and Italy are not in South Africa. Even if you select a flag by default you just learned where a country is. So even the “easy” choices will still have you learning. I never knew exactly where Kazakhstan was (thanks Borat) but now I do.
The pacing of each level (5 countries per level) and rating system are perfect. The aliens ooze with personality and character design and possibly the best 2D animation that I’ve ever seen on a AppStore game. Aliens Abducted is worth a purchase just to see how good the animation is!
Yes, I’m excited about Aliens Abducted (I’ve already told some close friends to snag it) but, it gets even better. There’s an “Escape” mode that you can unlock after collecting 25 stars (rating system) and to my great surprise it’s an endless runner. Like the rest of the animation found in the main campaign it’s top-notch and the actual gameplay holds up better than most endless runners that we’ve come across.
I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of Aliens Abducted…it’s that good, so I’ll briefly mention a couple of other things. Besides the game modes, there’s also a “Library” mode that allows you to select one of the 150 countries and each country is linked to the Wiki so you can read more about it. Lastly, although not released as of yet, there’s a math mode as well as a quotes mode on the way.
The Bottom Line: 10/10 (Amazing!)
Aliens Abducted exceeds all expectations and creates a learning experience that is as addicting as it is educational no matter what your age!